One of the main throughput limitations of mass spectrometry lies at the front end: sample preparation and loading can be a slow and tedious process. But last week, two companies declared success in making their solutions to this problem compatible with mass specs.

Advion Biosciences announced that it had adapted its NanoMate 100 nanoelectrospray system for sample loading onto Thermo Electron’s Finnigan LCQ Deca XP Plus ion trap mass spectrometer, and that Thermo would co-market the NanoMate with its instrument.

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360Dx reports that the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would cover next-generation sequencing-based cancer panel tests.

The Washington Post reports that a meteorologist is being considered as presidential science and technology advisor.

In PNAS this week: precision medicine strategy to screen for disease risk, genome evolution in Haemophilus influenzae, and more.

Researchers have developed a PCR-based assay to gauge whether manatees are present in waters.